KUALA LUMPUR – The courage and patriotism of the late Captain (Rtd) Datuk Hamid Awang, should be an example to the country’s younger generation.
Navy chief Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the bravery and sacrifice shown by Hamid, in defending the national sovereignty from the communist threat gained national recognition, and he was awarded the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (Warrior of Extreme Valour) medal at the young age of 26.
“The sacrifice and contributions of the late (Hamid) to the Malaysian Armed Forces were huge, and not many have received the medal like he did,” he told Bernama after attending the funeral prayer for Hamid at the Khalid al-Walid Mosque, here, today.
Hamid was awarded the medal in recognition of his courage and bravery when leading a group of eight personnel, to fight against communists in the First Division of Sarawak.
He passed away at the age of 68 at the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju, at 10.50 am today due to kidney failure, and will be buried at the Royal Malay Regiment cemetery in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
Ahmad Kamarulzaman also expressed his condolences to Hamid’s next-of-kin over the latter’s demise.
Hamid, who hails from Terengganu, received the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa medal while serving with the Second Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment, and retired from the Armed Forces in 1975.
The medal is the highest ranked among the honourary orders and medals in the country.
It is bestowed to individuals who show exceptional courage during battle, and is accompanied by an allowance.
According to the website of the Ceremonial and International Conference Secretariat Division, only 24 individuals have been awarded the medal since 1963.
The hero’s remains were laid to rest at the cemetery at 6.15pm. He leaves behind wife Datin Salbiah Mohamad Esa and two children. – BERNAMA